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It's not: Self diagnosis is a bad idea in general, even for a doctor, but it is impossible for anyone to self-diagnose any type of psychosis. But by definition, a person cannot diagnose him or herself with a psychotic disorder - how can a person simultaneously lose touch with reality yet still be able to discern what is real? ...Read more
Does all schizophrenia involve paranoia? Is paranoid schizophrenia a different condition than schizophrenia?
No.: Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that affects perception, cognition (thinking), emotion, communication & behavior. Different subtypes have been identified. The most salient symptoms of persons diagnosed w/ "paranoid" subtype are paranoia (thoughts about being persecuted by a person/group &/or about conspiracies) & hallucinations (typically hearing &/or seeing things that aren't there). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What is the difference between schizotypal personality disorder with psychosis and schizophrenia or delusional disorder?
Significant diff's: People with schizotypal personality are characterized by marked eccentricity in thought and behavior. Any additional psychosis is not felt to represent a primary psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia. The psychotic disorder is sometimes thought to be secondary outgrowth from the schizotypal personality disorder who has been stressed. Delusional disorder is simply an isolated delusion in the absence of a major psychosis such as schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is characterized by hallucinatory experiences, marked decrease in psychosocial function, and what are referred to as negative symptoms referring to the psycho social isolation that is experienced. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Deterioration: Brief psychoses are just that - brief. Psychotic episodes in schizophrenia cause deterioration mentally and lead to diminished functioning over time.That loss does not come back for the most part especially without psychiatric care. Brief psychotic disorders by definition have a beginning and end and don't often cause the kind of functional deterioration that psychosis in schizophrenia does. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mood symptoms: Both disorders have prominent distortions of reality, with hallucination, delusions, and problems with thought processes. However, schizoaffective disorder also has prominent mood symptoms, depresison or mania, that occur in the same timeframe. Schizophrenia can have some associated mood disturbance, but usually not during the episode. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bipolar: Bipolar disorder has different phases of illness, and different levels of intensity. Bipolar patients may have more depression episodes than mania or hypomania. Also, depressions in bipolar disorder may be without, or with, psychotic features. Psychotic features may include hallucinations & delusions with themes of personal inadequacy, guilt, disease, death, nihilism, or deserving punishment. ...Read more
Psychotic or not!: Schizophrenia is a type of psychotic disorder characterized by symptoms, such as delusions or hallucinations, that indicate impaired contact with reality. "schizoid" and "schizotypal" refer to personality disorders (non-psychotic) with symptoms such as detachment from social relationships and other social and interpersonal deficits, beliefs, and experiences. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Psychosis vs not: Schizophrenia is a chronic and disabling psychotic disorder that includes delusions, hallucinations, and sometimes nonsensical speech. Schizoid & schizotypal are both personality disorders, not psychotic, but probably seem odd to others. Schizoid has little interest in relationships & trouble expressing emotion; schizotypal is more odd and eccentric, & has imaginary relationships. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Depression with psychotic features is a break with reality that occurs during a severe depression. Schizophrenia entails six months of symptoms that significantly impair functioning, are not due to drug use or another mental illness, including depression.Symptoms may include hallucinations, delusions (fixed beliefs that aren't true), disorganized speech and behavior, lack of drive and emotion etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Disorganized schizop: Disorganized schizophrenia or hebephrenic schizophrenia is one of several types of schizophrenia. The hallmarks of disorganized schizophrenia are psychoses; and speech and behavior that are inappropriate and don't make sense. At times it is difficult for them to communicate with others and they may not be able to complete daily activities. Severe form. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's the difference between a psychopath, sociopath, borderline personality disorder, and narcissism?
Personality problems: Psychopath and sociopath describe someone who lies, cheats, steals, exploits others, and has no remorse -- like antisocial personality disorder. Narcissistic pd exploits others too, but they feel entitled and there's not so much lying. Antisocial does it b/c he feels everyone else does it. Borderline pd needs others desperately & falls apart when rejected. Dramatic, unstable, self-injuring. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers